The Compassion of Jesus

When my kids’ dad died, they received cards and visits and gifts from several adults who had also lost their father when they were children or teenagers. Having experienced the trauma of losing a parent so early in life created a special sort of empathy in these people’s hearts.  That’s how it often is.  WhenContinue reading “The Compassion of Jesus”

Fruit Inspection

My entire life I’ve heard the scripture advising us to judge a tree by its fruit, to beware of false teachers and judge them by the fruit they bear. Are grapes gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles? In the same way, every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. .Continue reading “Fruit Inspection”

God said it. I believe it. Does that settle it?

Back when every mall had a Christian bookstore, they sold bumper stickers beside the little metal ichthus fish. One of the most popular bumper stickers was the pithy – God said it. I believe it. That settles it. It’s 2020 now, so we may not have Christian bookstores. Or bumper stickers. Or malls. But weContinue reading “God said it. I believe it. Does that settle it?”

When Goodness Is A Mystery

Two decades ago, my tiny baby couldn’t lift her little head. Slightly bigger than an American Girl doll, she wasn’t growing – not getting longer, not gaining weight. Four months old and she still loved being tightly swaddled. Not once did she try to break free from the confines of a blanket wrapped around her.Continue reading “When Goodness Is A Mystery”